Enterprise Architecture: A Pocket Guide

Enterprise Architecture: A Pocket Guide

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By (author) Tom Graves

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  • Publisher: IT Governance Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 54 pages
  • Dimensions: 90mm x 156mm x 10mm | 59g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Ely
  • ISBN 10: 1849280169
  • ISBN 13: 9781849280167
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,438,584

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Enterprise architecture is a key competency for most large organisations of the present day. Its roots reach back some twenty years or more, in early efforts to re-use knowledge about software structure and design to assist in managing a rapid growth in the cost and complexity of IT systems in general. Compliance to a formal enterprise archi-tecture framework is now mandatory in many government and defence contexts, and is increasingly common in larger organisations elsewhere. For most of its history, enterprise architecture has been regarded as belonging under IT governance. Yet at the present time the discipline is evolving once more, and extending its scope to become a literal architecture of the enterprise. This Pocket Guide describes the purpose, role and value of architecture in the enterprise, and the makeup and skillsets of the architecture team in different business contexts. It explores the relationship between architecture, project management, change-management and governance, and summarises the frameworks, methods, standards and toolsets currently in common use. And finally, it provides a brief outline of the typical activities and processes that are used in the development and realisation of an enterprise architecture.

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Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for almost three decades, in business transA--formation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australia and the USA cover a broad range of industries, including banking, utilities, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and governA--ment. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises, and integration between IT-based and non-IT-based services.

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Chapter 1: What is Enterprise Architecture? 3 Some definitions 3 Why enterprise architecture matters 4 Chapter 2: Business Drivers and Benefits 6 Layers of business benefit 6 Enterprise effectiveness 9 Enterprise agility 9 Chapter 3: Architecture Maturity 11 Ad-hoc development of architecture 11 Planned development of architecture 12 Chapter 4: The Architecture Team 14 The makeup of the team 14 The business role of architecture 17 Chapter 5: Architecture and Governance 19 Governance and standards 19 Architecture and IT governance 21 Architecture and corporate governance 22 Chapter 6: Frameworks, Methods and Tools 24 Architecture frameworks and methods 24 Architecture standards 28 Architecture toolsets 29 Chapter 7: Architecture in Practice 32 Preparing for architecture 32 The architecture cycle 33 Hands-off architecture 41 Engaging everyone 43 ITG Resources 45